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Saturday, July 20th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 959
Division South Division
Match # 20
Match Date Saturday, July 20th, 2002
Vote difference 26,598
Max Payne - 91.92%
(15,410 brackets)

Back in 2002, Max Payne was not the joke that he is now. Before the days of being forced into matches with Gordon Freeman and characters from his own company, Max Payne was a widely respected and favored character. Take for example his prediction percentage in this match. It was the highest number seen since the two matches involving Donkey Kong and Mario's victories. His odds of winning the contest were are very high, and there was even talk about Max possibly taking down Pac Man and making an Elite 8 appearance. His odds of winning the contest outright were even relatively high, scoring better odds than the likes of Duke Nukem, Squall, and Pikachu.

And once Max Payne's first match began, the favoritism showed. Part of the reason Max did so well in this may have to do with the fact that most people still don't know who Dirk the Daring, the character who tied with Pitfall Harry as having the worst odds of winning the contest, is. But still, blowouts are blowouts. The only issue affecting Max Payne after this match was the fact that this was the lowest-scoring match to take place in the contest. Even still, Max looked strong enough to be primed for a Sweet 16 appearance, at least. There was absolutely no reason to worry about him having problems with Scorpion after this match, which is the big reason why his next match was so shocking to everyone.

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2002 Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Servbot
Morrigan > Spyro
Aya > Terry Bogard
Donkey Kong > Bub
Alucard > Tails
Duke > Iori
Pikachu > PaRappa
Cloud > Fox
Lara > Chop Chop
Ryo Hazuki > Guybrush
Crono > Simon
Dante > Q*Bert
Aeris > Kasumi
Tina > Gordon
Knuckles > Akira

Snake > Squall
Pac-Man > Goemon
Kyo > Abe
Scorpion > Kazuya
Max Payne > Dirk
Bomberman > Kane
Jill > Kirby
Strider > Raziel
Link > Little Mac
Sonic > Pitfall Harry
Tidus > Claire
Samus > Ken
Ryu > CATS
Mega Man > Ms. Pac-Man
Serious Sam > Mr. Driller
Sephiroth > Gabe
Crash > Ulala

Round Two
Mario > Morrigan
Donkey Kong > Aya
Alucard > Duke
Cloud > Pikachu
Lara > Ryo Hazuki
Crono > Dante
Aeris > Tina
Snake > Knuckles
Pac-Man > Kyo
Scorpion > Max Payne
Jill > Bomberman
Link > Strider
Sonic > Tidus
Samus > Ryu
Mega Man > Serious Sam
Sephiroth > Crash

R3 and following
Mario > Donkey Kong
Cloud > Alucard
Crono > Lara
Snake > Aeris
Scorpion > Pac-Man
Link > Jill
Samus > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Mario > Cloud
Crono > Snake
Link > Scorpion
Sephiroth > Samus
Mario > Crono
Link > Sephiroth
Link > Mario (Finals)